Animal Health and Nutrition Virtual Forum “Precision Farming of Livestock – It’s Not Just For Crop Production Anymore”

If you have been following some of the major trends in agriculture, you will have heard of terms like precision agriculture or smart farming.  Now, the technologies behind these advancements are making their way into animal production, which will have a major impact on the way animals are raised for food production.  To address these advancements, two speakers will look at the precision farming of livestock – one presentation will review the use of these commercially available technologies in cattle production and another will review the application of these technologies in swine from an academic perspective.


Wade King, Ph.D. - Vice President for Livestock Identification Sales, Datamars

"Precision farming of cattle is a reality, really."

Today’s cattle producer really can raise their animals with precision, which in the agriculture industry has been generally associated with crop production. Datamars is a global leader in precision farming of cattle and has technology solutions today for data acquisition and information management. The presentation will review the evolution of these technologies, why they are deployed, and what the costs are in the production system. Also, the presentation will describe where these smart cattle farming technologies are going and what is next on the horizon for cattle production.

Wade King is the VP Livestock US/Canada, Datamars, Inc., a Swiss-based company that offers livestock management and animal health delivery solutions to customers around the world. Datamars also has a companion animal identification business as well as a textile identification business. Wade is a Texas Panhandle native, and graduate of Tarleton State University with over 20 years of experience in livestock sales and marketing within the US, Canada and Mexico. Wade has deep experience in dairy cattle, beef cow/calf production, feedyard production and stocker cattle. Wade also has been involved with small ruminants and wildlife production, as well as crop production and forage management. Wade is personally engaged in cow/calf production, row crow production and cattle feeding.

Joshua M. Peschel, Ph.D. - Assistant Professor and Black & Veatch Faculty Fellow, Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering, Iowa State University

"Visual Precision Livestock Farming: Applications and Future Directions"

Dr. Joshua Peschel is an Assistant Professor of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering and Black & Veatch Faculty Fellow at Iowa State University; he also holds courtesy appointments in the departments of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering. Dr. Peschel conducts research in the area of cyber-agricultural systems where he and his students create new technologies, data sets, and computational models for sensing and sensemaking. His research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, U.S. Departments of Agriculture, Defense and Energy, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and a number of commodity groups and private industry partners.



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Hannah Cole
Program Manager, Science and Technology Development Science and Technology Development 919-549-8840 |

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